Sunday Apr 11, 2021. 10:00
Tanzanian giants Simba SC are “ready to deal” with any opponent they face in the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, according to the club’s media officer Haji Manara.
Simba wrapped up their Group A campaign with a 1-0 loss away to reigning African champions Al Ahly on Friday night, but not even that was enough to deny them top spot after some outstanding showings under coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa.
After successfully progressing into the quarterfinals for the second time in the past three seasons, Wekundu wa Msimbazi will now target a place in the final four, which would represent their best-ever performance in the top-tier continental competition.
“We created a lot of chances to score goals against Al Ahly but we did not have luck on our side against them, however, truth be told, we were the better side in the match,” Manara wrote on social media, as quoted by Goal [https://www.goal.com/en/news/caf-champions-league-manara-simba-sc-will-deal-with-any-team/1th4wsrnwqcjn1oc5p9yje3p51].
“We don’t care whom we will be drawn to face, whoever comes against us, we are ready to deal with them, secondly, we have already set the targets we want to achieve in the competition and that is what we are looking at.”
In a previous post he stated, “So far we are now rated among the top ten best teams in Africa and it is not me saying, but simply statistics after our heroics in the group stage matches.”
The identity of Simba’s next opponent will be known late this month when the draw for the remaining knockout phase is made at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo.